The club
Valencia CF, founded in 1919, have won six national league titles and seven Spanish Cups. The club, that plays their football at the Estadio de Mestalla (cap. 55,000) has also reached four European cup finals: the 2004 UEFA Cup, the 1980 Cup Winners Cup as well as the 2000 and 2001 Champions League finals. Since December 2012, the club has been coached by Ernesto Valverde.

Player to watch: Roberto Soldado
A product of the Real Madrid youth academy, it was in his native Valencia that Roberto Soldado burst onto the scene. He netted 17 goals in his first season and 18 in his second. He has continued his excellent form this campaign with eight goals just before the midway point of the Liga season. He has also scored four goals in the Champions League group
stage.

The Champions League form
In a tough group including Bayern Munich, Lille and BATE Borisov, Valencia finished second behind the German outift. After a 2-1 loss to Bayern Munich, Valencia CF bounced back, winning four of their remaining five games (1-0 and 2-0 versus Lille, 3-0 and 4-2 versus BATE Borisov) and a draw (1-1 versus Bayern). With 13 points, Valencia finish level on points with Bayern.

Current League form
Valencia changed coach in December after a difficult start to the season (11th after 16 weeks). The arrival of Ernesto Valverde has had the desired effect with the side climbing to fourth on the back of last Saturday's 1-0 win over Celta Vigo.

The absentees
French left-back Jérémy Mathieu is recovering from injury and could miss the first leg. Forner Lyon defender Aly Cissokho left the field with injury against Celta Vigo and is doubtful.

A common past
The last meeting between the two sides took place in the 2007 Emirates Cup. PSG won 3-0 at Emirates Stadium, thanks to goals to Diané (15'), N'Gog (30') and Luyindula (85'). Sylvain Armand and Mamadou Sakho were also on the teamsheet in London that day. The two teams met once before, in the final of the 1970 Tournoi de Paris. Bolstered by the guest appearance of a certain Johan Cruyff, Paris Saint-Germain went down 1-0 courtesy of Planelles' late strike (86').

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